Stem Cell Research Center (South Korea)

SCRC South Korea

The SCRC is a government-funded organization for supporting stem cell research which was launched in 2002 and aims to develop stem cell-mediated novel therapeutics for incurable diseases.The SCRC acts as a funding agency  with 52 projects (52 Principle Investigators) currently running and selected throughout South Korea. The annual research budget of the center is US$10.4 million per year, with US$10.4 million per year allocated for stem cell research (~US$ 152 million for 10 years from 2002 to 2012). Furthe to this, a national network entitled Korean Society for Stem Cell Research ( has been constructed to aid facilitate stem cell research throughout South Korea.

The recent and future strategy of the SCRC can be split into three clear phases:

The Stem Cell Research Center ( is the biggest stem cell center supported by Ministry of Science and Technology ( and there are several centers supported by Ministry of Health and Welfare ( and other Ministries. Also, many non-government sectors support stem cell research centers in Korea.

As an indicator of the output of the center a number of recent published papers are listed below:

1. Improvement of postnatal neovascularization by human embryonic stem cell derived endothelial-like cell transplantation in a mouse model of hindlimb ischemia. Circulation. 2007 Nov 20;116(21):2409-19.

2. Directed differentiation of human embryonic stem cells towards a pancreatic cell fate. Diabetologia. 2007 Jun;50(6):1228-38.

3. Efficient induction of oligodendrocytes from human embryonic stem cells. Stem Cells. 2007 Feb;25(2):419-24.

4. Involvement of E-selectin in recruitment of endothelial progenitor cells and angiogenesis in ischemic muscle. Blood. 2007 Dec 1;110(12):3891-9.

5. Identification of a novel role of T cells in postnatal vasculogenesis: characterization of endothelial progenitor cell colonies. Circulation. 2007 Oct 9;116(15):1671-82.

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